IVF is a procedure designed to tackle varying infertility issues affecting both women and men. There is no simple answer for this, as treatment options are unique for each patient. Dr Shaikh conducts thorough initial consultations with each patient, discussing their wishes and reviewing their medical history to determine the best course of action that suits them. Detailed investigations are then performed to assess the causes and a comprehensive plan is made according to the results.
Statistics show that IVF babies are no more at risk of suffering any general birth defects or major malformations than the general populous (~3-6%) due to IVF procedures.
When faced with the prospect of using frozen embryos, the three main factors contributing to successful conception to full term pregnancy are: the health and overall quality of the frozen-thawed embryos, the overall health of the uterus, and most importantly, the age of the patient that produced the eggs. Patients under the age of 37 have very similar chances of success with frozen embryos that they otherwise would with fresh, but over the age of 37 these chances begin to decline.
We strive to accommodate all our patient’s needs, including those from outside of Sydney. Initial consultations and further communication with us may be done over the telephone and many of the required diagnostic procedures such as blood tests and ultrasounds can be organised with specialists in your local area. You can minimise your visits to egg pick up and embryo transfer if you are unable to attend due to distance.
Dr Shaikh has worked with numerous Obstetric, Gynaecology and Fertility (male and female) patients offering highly personalised and supportive care. She develops a close relationship with her patients and is renowned for her continuity of care.
Dr Rabia Shaikh has years of experience as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, working in various locations such as Orange and Blacktown and currently at Nepean and Westmead Hospitals. As a fertility specialist she is undergoing a sub specialty in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the highest qualification for fertility in Australia and New Zealand. She is linked to organisations such as IVF Australia and Westmead Fertility Centre. She has extensive experience in Laparoscopic and Endoscopic procedures.
Dr Rabia Shaikh is available for appointment at two convenient locations: Hawkesbury Road & Mons Road Westmead, close to Westmead train station. She is also available at the Fertility Clinic at Nepean Public Hospital. She consults at Mons road on Saturdays for those that prefer weekend bookings.
It was mid contraction when I was told I needed an emergency caesarean. I cried as that wasn’t part of the plan. This was my first encounter with Dr Rabia Shaikh… From that moment on she guided me step by step through the delivery of my first baby [view more]"
"- Felicia and baby Thanasi
It’s very hard to keep the hope alive after multiple failures. I was in my late thirties and married for 5 years with persistent trying over the years and no luck. We decided to try IVF and began seeing doctors and specialists and had a lot of emotional conversations. I was hesitant at first as I have a phobia of needles and hospitals so this was a very big step for me. [view more]"
- 5Fertility (Male/Female)